While the information on the proposed new system for smaller copyright claims is out for the public to see the reality is that it is still flawed in many areas. Trying to balance the scale on both sides is difficult but the simple idea of holding someone who has infringed accountable is being addressed to some degree. I do not like the idea that in one of my cases I would have to file 16 cases. I see a major overload coming for a simple 3 person tribunal. The report I mentioned in the previous article is over 200 pages.
The current time frame for cases to get to trial is averaging between a year to 2 years depending on the court you file the case. Now with the initial government slowdown the courts dropped to 4 day a week schedules and now may shut down completely for anything but very serious cases. Copyrights will probably not be considered serious cases. This shows it will be a long drawn out process and may get worse for the foreseeable future.
My suggestions are pretty well known by readers but one I would think that should be done is the location of the legal address of the person or entity that infringed your work. There are several ways to do that and also be aware of the privacy issues. They are not as restricted as you might think. If you file and get a court case number, the restrictions basically disappear as the information is normally released for legal proceedings. In the copyright cases if they meet certain standards the case will have a criminal aspect and then restrictions are off. If you are dealing with a case that may have criminal aspects do not forget that states require people to update their addresses and other documents within days of moving there or leaving. If you find someone has moved and not done that, while it is only a small item, it shows they are willing to break the law to hide from responsibility. Judges do not like that kind of behavior so if you find it, document it and bring it in. Most people have no idea what a state residency requirements are as they just ignore the rules and do what they want. That adds more credence to your case.
The answers to some of the questions:
I am working on the book. It will take a while as I have added a lot of material to be reviewed, vetted and processed so it can be used publicly.
I was contacted by Marilyn Pearlman about writing a story concerning copyright infringement, summary judgements and a documentary that was premiered in New York City in August. I am currently gathering information from persons in the documentary, other persons who have been affected by the subject of the documentary and the court filings and resolutions. This is taking a considerable amount of time. It is a very important subject and in many cases still being processed. This is concerning a documentary named, Injustice for All: Summary Misjudgment. The principal behind the production is Carla B. Boone. I am going to do at least on article on the subject but more likely to create a story as that will allow for a more personal approach. I may do both. It is just in its infancy as my first contact was in late September. I am currently awaiting more information from the participants. So far, I have 3 that have agreed to be interviewed besides the principal. The article will appear in part and the story will also be exposed here and in Studio 1, The Magazine. I highly recommend you getting a copy if you have or may have copyright issues. It will help open your eyes as the artist. It involves such people/entities as Universal Studios, Eddie Murphy, Sponge Bob, 20th Century Fox, Viacom and others. I will link to places to purchase a copy or more if you wish when the story and articles are published.
The vehicle I drive is a Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4. It is comfortable; it has a manual 4WD system which I love. The designation of AWD does not mean 4WD; it means a power transfer system that you have no control over. Nice for the streets. I have pulled people out many times because they confuse the systems. I will write more on it later.
Yes, there have been 2 new attacks on Gmail accounts. They occurred on September 27. I have no more information than that at this time. Seems a little out of the ordinary since things have been very quiet in that regard for over a month.
I am not an attorney. These are my personal opinions and general information only. These are not legal advice and should not be used as such.